Criminal Defence Lawyer
Since 1998, Bernard Cummins has practised exclusively in criminal law and associated regulatory proceedings. Bernard has conducted hundreds of complex trials.
Bernard constantly updates his advocacy skills in continuing legal education not only to stay abreast of changes in the law, but also to sharpen his trial skills and cross-examination techniques
Bernard was born and raised in Cambridge. He graduated in 1992 with Honours from the University of Guelph with a degree in Political Science and was on the Dean’s Honour Role. He obtained a Master of Arts Degree in 1993 from the University of Guelph in Public Policy and Administration.
Bernard obtained his law degree from the University of Windsor in 1996 and was awarded the McIntyre Award in Criminal Justice. He articled with our firm between 1996 and 1997, and was called to the Bar of Ontario in 1998. He became a partner of our firm in 2005.
Bernard taught criminal offences and federal legislation courses at the University of Guelph–Humber for nine years. He has appeared in courts across Ontario representing clients and a number of his cases have been successfully appealed at the Ontario Court of Appeal. Bernard has also appeared at Coroner’s inquests, obtaining very favourable results for his clients.
Bernard represents a large number of police associations across the province, providing professional advice and representation in labour, police discipline, and criminal matters. Bernard received the Queen’s Jubilee Medal for Outstanding Service to the Hamilton Police Association in 2011.